Top 50 Albums of 2009 according to Das Klienicum! Top 50!!

On 9 December, 2009 by slowcoustic

So here we are at Day 2 of the “Best of 2009” Blogger Crew and today is a monster post from E. over at Das Klienicum.  It’s a monster because he is posting on his top 50 albums of the year and he even has ratings broken out by number of stars (ranked out of 5 as best)….ummm, top 50 people!!  There isn’t gushing, there isn’t microscopic dissection of each album in order to create some sort of reasoning, there is simply that feeling when you just know that this album is good and should be placed here.  So friends, I dare you to dig into this monster and maybe you can figure out just how he ranked all these albums!



Klienicum 125Klienicum 125Klienicum 125Klienicum 125

Top 50 albums in 2009


Scott Matthew Cover
1. Scott Matthew – there is an ocean that divides…
scott matthewfor dick (live)


YLT Popular Songs

2. yo la tengo – popular songs
yo la tengohere to fall
3. evangelista – prince of truth
evangelistathe slayer
4. the felice brothers – yonder is the clock
the felice brothersrun chicken run
5. bill callahan – sometimes i wish we were an eagle
bill callahaneid ma clack shaw

**** – ****1/2

alasdair roberts

6. alasdair roberts – spoils
alasdair robertshazel forks
7. laura gibson – beasts of seasons
laura gibsonsleeper
8. karl blau – zebra
9. alela diane – to be still
alela dianewhite as diamonds



10. magnolia electric co. – josephine
magnolia electric cojosephine
11. vetiver – tight knit
vetivermiles apart
12. charlie parr – roustabout
13. simon joyner – out into the snow
simon joynerout into the snow
14. bonnie prince billy – beware
15. james blackshaw – the glass bead game
james blackshawcross
16. julie doiron – i can wonder what you did with your day
julie doironconsolation prize
17. tara jane o’neil – a ways away
tara jane o’neildrowning
18. simone white – yakiimo
simone whitea girl you never met
19. sonic youth – the eternal
sonic youthsacred trickster
20. heartless bastards – the mountain
heartless bastardssearching for the ghost
21. megafaun – gather, form & fly
megafaunthe fade
22. michael hurley – ida con snock
michael hurleywildegeeses (sample)
23. great lake swimmers – lost channels
great lake swimmerspulling on a line
24. j. tillman – year in the kingdom
j. tillmanearthly bodies
25. the ballet – bear life
the balletthe house on fire
26. michael j. sheehy – with these hands
27. condo fucks – fuckbook
28. dent may – the good feeling music of dent may & his magnificent ukulele
dent maymeet me in the garden (daytrotter session)



29. pastels/tenniscoats – two sunsets
pastels / tenniscoatsabout you
30. laura veirs – july flame
laura veirswide eyed, legless
31. pink mountaintops – outside love
pink mountaintopsvampire
32. red heart the ticker – oh my! mountains below
red heart the tickeryellowbird
33. the allender band – outer dark
the allender bandriverrun
34. emeralds – what happened
35. black flowers – i grew from a stone to a statue
black flowerspolly on the shore (sample)
36. marissa nadler – little hells
marissa nadlerriver of dirt
37. dirty projectors – bitte orca
38. mv & ee with the golden road – drone trailer
39. hope sandoval & the warm inventions – through the devil softly
40. six organs of admittance – luminous night
41. the curious mystery – rotting slowly
the curious mysteryblack sand
42. nurses – apple’s acre
nursescaterpillar playground
43. samara lubelski – future slip
samara lubelskievolution flow
44. tenniscoats – temporacha
45. le loup – family
le loupforgive me
46. kurt vile – god is saying this to you



47. leonard mynx – vesper
leonard mynxvalley of sickness and death
48.the duke and the king – nothing gold can stay
the duke and the kingif you ever get famous (daytrotter session)
49. patton – hellénique chevaleresque récital
pattonastar clusters
50. blues control – local flavour
blues controllosing game


There you have the best 50 albums of the past year from one of the best (and hardest working) bloggers around!  You will find this ongoing list over on Das Klienicum as well and if you speak German, you have just found your favourite blog!

~Smansmith (again)

8 Responses to “Top 50 Albums of 2009 according to Das Klienicum! Top 50!!”

  • Man, E. really is a busy bee.

  • Lee

    great list!

    but July Flame isn’t released until 2010…(meanwhile, it’s a gorgeous album)

  • Yes, E. is a fiend for posting on a regular basis (and he is just one guy)!

    Good catch Lee, I think you are correct…tsk, tsk…. I wonder how long it will take for “leaks” to count as a release as they are starting to leak earlier and earlier!

  • Lee

    haha. good question

  • Funny, when I was doing my top ten I had to double check the release dates, man sometimes we get stuff early and sometimes discover albums a year later but still feel like the best of the year. What a list.

  • e.

    yeah, lee, you’re right. but “july flame” isn’t a leak, onyl a promotion thing. sorry for that.

  • Drunk Country

    Weird thing is, given how much brilliant music the blog generates interest for, given how many entirely different & new artists E exposes, that top 50 of 2009 was quite disappointing for me. Quite, um, safe. I genuinely thought it would be more personal, more intriguing, more left field, rather than ticking off from the same list everyone else seems to be lazily referencing.

    Not that I’m saying E is lazy – fuck, no – I’m just saying I’m surprised it’s not very diverse given the blog’s variety. Does that make sense?

  • slowcoustic

    @DC – I think E. genuinely likes all this music and just that fact that it might be “indie safe” might be beside the point. I know E. does have quite an extensive listening range, but good music is still good music, and in the ear of the beholder.

    On the other hand, It is hard to say, I find myself in common circles and many lists lately do look very similar (don’t get me started on the best of decade lists that can be cut and pasted around numerous blogs). It’s kind of like a bunch of classic car enthusiasts sitting around saying “the older cars” are soo much better. Well the pool is going to contain many of the same vehicles (or artists) when talking cars (or indie music).

    That all being said, I always like a dark horse being introduced and often find myself leaning towards a lesser known artist even if another well known artist has an album that is just as pleasing to me…I like left field and a good surprise in a list is always appreciated… ;-)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please leave these two fields as-is:

Protected by Invisible Defender.

  • Featured Video/Song